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Throughout the 19th century, men wore top hats for business, pleasure and formal occasions (pearl gray for daytime, black for day or night) making its wearer feel taller, handsomer and suave. By 1900 top hats were made with silk and worn only for special occasions, such as weddings and dances. Felted beaver skin was the preferred material for top hats due to its water proof properties. The high demand for beaver fashion (to inlcude men’s coats) practically wiped out the beaver in the US by…

Throughout the 19th century, men wore top hats for business, pleasure and formal occasions (pearl gray for daytime, black for day or night) making its wearer feel taller, handsomer and suave. By 1900 top hats were made with silk and worn only for special occasions, such as weddings and dances. Felted beaver skin was the preferred material for top hats due to its water proof properties. The high demand for beaver fashion (to inlcude men’s coats) practically wiped out the beaver in the US by…

2009-06-04 Barcelona, Gothic Quarter, Carrer de la Boqueria, Carving On Doorway, Man in Top Hat 01 by Roy Stead, via Flickr

2009-06-04 Barcelona, Gothic Quarter, Carrer de la Boqueria, Carving On Doorway, Man in Top Hat 01 by Roy Stead, via Flickr

Man in Top Hat by gemini2546, via Flickr

Man in Top Hat by gemini2546, via Flickr

Honky-Tonk-Man  by HaPe_Gera (hide)

Honky-Tonk-Man by HaPe_Gera (hide)

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